Spray-on sunscreens may be convenient, but are they risky? For a News piece about this popular summertime product, InStyle reporter Jennifer Velez queried Vanguard Dermatology’s Dr. Michael Shapiro about his concerns:
“The primary concern with aerosol sunscreen and children is inhalation and injury of the lungs, especially when applied to the face.”
With children, the risk can be avoided by simply spraying it on your hands first and then rubbing it on your child directly.
“It’s important to be diligent when spraying yourself and others, as the effectiveness of sunscreens is based on topical application. Studies have shown that patients should be applying a more generous amount. This is especially important with sprays, as some of the spray will drift off into the air and not adhere to the skin.”
Of course, the safest solution is to stick with lotion or creams. For some all-natural suggestions, check out the InStyle article, “The Frightening Truth About Spray-On Sunscreens—and 5 Better Alternatives.”